By CYN LoPINTO
As we finish packing up after our Labor Day barbecue and say goodbye to Summer 2015, we start looking forward to football season. Pre-season games have given us a quick peek into our favorite teams and what we can expect from certain players. The second week in September begins the official NFL season and television sets across the country are ready and waiting. Past football seasons used to feature 14 regular games but in 1978, the season was expanded to play 16 regular games over a 16 week period. In 1990, the NFL introduced a bye week to the schedule and the 16 games are now played over 17 weeks.
Football on television is big, big business. Sales for beer, snacks and pizza alone help local businesses yield large profits during the fall football season. Television set purchases skyrocket just before the Super Bowl. According to USA Today, “The week before the big game falls just behind Black Friday week and the week after Black Friday for the most TV sales.” While some of us may actually view games on our phones and computers, there is still nothing better than inviting friends over for food and drink and sharing the excitement of watching football together.